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Mem. S.A.It. Suppl. Vol. 2, 217 c SAIt 2003

Summary: Mem. S.A.It. Suppl. Vol. 2, 217
c SAIt 2003
Memorie della
The AASTINO: Automated Astrophysical Site
Testing INvincible Observatory
J.S. Lawrence, M.C.B. Ashley, M.G. Burton, P.G. Calisse, J.T. Dempsey,
J.R. Everett, O. Maher, J.W.V. Storey, and T. Travouillon
School of Physics, University of New South Wales, NSW 2052, Australia
e-mail: jl@phys.unsw.edu.au
Abstract. The AASTINO is a remote observatory that has been deployed at the
Italian/French base Dome C (75 S, 123 E, 3200 m) on the Antarctic plateau in
January 2003. It is designed to run throughout the Antarctic winter without in-
tervention. An extensive site testing program at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole
station has shown that the atmosphere above the Antarctic plateau offers major
benefits for performing astronomical observations in the infrared and submillime-
tre. The purpose of the AASTINO is to extend these site testing studies to Dome
C, where it is believed even better conditions will be found. Data are available in
real time (www.phys.unsw.edu.au/mcba/aastino).
Key words. site testing Antarctic astronomy remote systems control


Source: Ashley, Michael C. B. - School of Physics, University of New South Wales


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